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Post by mcrib » Thu Apr 12, 2007 7:54 pm

Kurt Vonnegut died last night. Let us all mourn.
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Post by charlie » Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:33 am

So it goes.

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Post by tomdarch » Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:05 pm

A buddy of mine played the Pilgrim/Vonnegut character in the premier of the stage adaptation of Slaughterhouse 5 at Steppenwolf. He got to met Kurt and talk about the book/play and Kurt's experiences that led to writing the book. Pretty amazing.

I've been hearing a lot of interviews with Vonnegut - the one that really struck me was him talking about getting home after being in Dresden. There was no media coverage of the fire bombing and the deaths of 30,000 people. Kurt said something to the effect that, well, maybe it never happened and he made it all up. Good to know that today's media haven't slipped that far from the 'good old days.'
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Post by Zspider » Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:12 pm

I went to a lecture he gave at IUPUI. I was all excited about revealing that I suspected him of being Kilgore Trout during the question-answer period. He killed that fantasy right off the bat by openly discussing his Trout books during the lecture.

I read a few of his books, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater and Slaughterhouse Five. I didn't much care for them. I loved Venus on the Halfshell, though.

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Post by charlie » Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:40 pm

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:qg ... =firefox-a

Edited to so you can see google's cache of the Wilco tribute to Vonnegut.....
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Post by caribe » Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:00 am

Kurt Vonnegut
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was one of my favorite atheists. He was brilliant. I think this is brilliant too.
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Post by the lurkist » Sun Apr 15, 2007 7:35 am

His stuff is funny. I broke ribs laughing reading God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.
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Post by mcrib » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:14 pm

NPR had a clip from his brief cameo in the Rodney Dangerfield classic Back to School. Rodney's son asked how he planned on writing a paper about Kurt Vonnegut then there is a knock on the door and there is Kurt Vonnegut.
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Post by Mboss » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:08 am

I started reading Vonnegut when I was around 16. It was a perfect time in my life to be hooked on Vonnegut. His books can be read in a single sitting, which I love. His books are ridiculous, thus funny, apocalyptic and political in nature.

Plus, he's always making fun of the Hoosiers. I dig that in Vonnegut world, Hoosiers are kind of like another species.

Vonnegut also wrote a piece for the Rolling Stone in 1998 about the coming of the millenium; it was around the time I was graduating from high school. I cut it out and still have it saved in a box full of memories from my liberal idealistic youth.

And so it goes.
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Post by caribe » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:48 am

Mboss, Kurt's message is basically that you don't have to let go of that liberal idealistic youth. It doesn't matter how the rest of the world wants to operate. You can still fart around and make money doing it. You don't have join the neocons. You will have more fun and live longer if you take life a little less seriously. I like to think that there is a bit of KV in the way Google does business and treats their employees, at least in the early days--not sure if that has morphed into something ungly.

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Post by Crankmas » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:55 am

good points caribe, I was thinking it might be nice to get together and do some Christmas caroling or even better just do Carol

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Post by ynot » Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:09 pm

I bet her hubby catches you
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